--I put this under corruption because keeping evidence is exactly that but if I had a STUPIDITY section I would put this there.--
Story at Chicago Tribune
By Robert McCoppin
11:38 AM CDT, May 20, 2013
A Schaumburg police officer has been suspended with pay for allegedly keeping a gun that had been turned in to the department, and the same officer also faces scrutiny for a case involving heroin that allegedly went missing from a crime scene, police said.
On April 23, two people came to the Schaumburg police station to turn in a .22-caliber revolver, according to a department news release. The officer, whom the department did not name, was on front-desk duty, and asked the two to step outside, where he offered to buy the gun. The two declined and said they wanted the gun to be disposed, the news release said.
The officer then accepted the weapon without creating any report or record of the transaction, and kept it illegally in his own possession, according to the release. Three days later, one of the people spoke with Interim Police Chief Ken Bouche to say she was uncomfortable about what happened.
The department conducted an investigation and within five hours recovered the gun and developed “credible information” which led to Bouche placing the officer on administrative leave, the release stated.
The officer was also under investigation for his handling of evidence in a case involving the death of a 19-year-old Schaumburg man from a suspected heroin overdose last September, Sgt. John Nebl said.
Eleven small bags of heroin were reported at the scene, but only nine were entered into evidence.
The officer was placed on desk duty after that incident, and the Illinois State Police has completed their investigation into the matter.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office is reviewing both cases, Nebl said, to see whether criminal charges should be filed.
Both cases are unrelated to charges filed in January against three Schaumburg police officers accused of stealing from drug dealers and selling drugs themselves, police said. Those three officers have all pleaded not guilty and await trial.